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Top 5 Mood Foods!

Here Are The Top 5 Mood Foods To Help You Get Ready For Your Holiday GLOW!

With snowflakes and the cooler weather just around the corner this month’s Power Food 101 Onions can help warm you up!  For more “Mood Foods” that can help you keep a sunnier outlook!


Start your day off right by having a nourishing green tea. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the theanine- an amino acid found in green tea helps to improve focus, attention and promote relaxation. Try green tea added to your pre-workout smoothie for an energizing mood lifting workout!


If you’re having trouble concentrating, feeling blue and can’t seem to keep your eyes open, skip the cup of java and treat yourself to foods rich in lentils! Lentils are rich in folate, a B vitamin found in beans, dark green veggies like spinach and citrus fruits increases mood neurotransmitters that help you feel happy and healthy. Folic acid or folate helps your body lower a chemical called homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine is linked to damage to blood vessels and reduction of blood flow and nutrients to the brain. This can leave you feeling sluggish and having troubles remembering where you left your car keys! Just one cup of these tiny protein powerhouses gives you 90 % of your daily folate needs! Enjoy a lentil soup today and a spinach salad (2 cups of raw spinach contains almost 100 % of your daily folate needs) tomorrow to get your brain and mood boosted!


Did you know that onions are not just for making you teary when you are slicing them but they are also one of the best foods for your mood! These pearly white, cream or purple beauties are rich in L-tryptophan which forms your “Happy & Sleepy” hormone serotonin. Onions also reduce inflammation and have strong anti-cancer properties thanks to their flavonoid antioxidants. Onions not your thing? Not to worry other L-tryptophan rich foods are apples, blueberries, strawberries and avocados. Try my Frenchy French Onion Soup!


Walnuts are one of the most powerful plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Numerous studies have shown how omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce depression and support brain function. Omega-3 rich foods support your “Happy” hormone serotonin and “Reward” hormone dopamine that is released in response to pleasures like eating or having sex! Try adding to your next salad as a “Power Foods 101” topper!


Life wouldn’t be quite as rich without chocolate. For all of you chocolate lovers out there you’ll be happy to know that chocolate stimulates mood boosting chemicals similar to endorphins. One study found that eating chocolate reduces stress hormones including cortisol, in those who were highly stressed. Choose cacao for the healthiest whole food form and dark chocolate for a heathier option just watching for any hidden sugars. Try blending with an avocado and a touch of natural sweetener like raw honey for an indulgent feel good chocolate pudding treat!

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